Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Promo: Victoria Lynne's "With This Kiss"

With This Kiss 
by Victoria Lynn

Title: With This Kiss
Author: Victoria Lynne
Publisher: Self
Length: 110,000 Words, eBook Format
Sub-Genre: Historical


Beauty and the beast: they were the scandal of the ton.  All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London’s most infamous club.  But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called “The Beast.”  She lured him out of the crowded club to a deserted warehouse, where she made her scandalous offer: If he married her and protected her from her uncle, she would help him capture the arsonist who had ruined his life.

An act of heroism had left Morgan St. James burned, scarred for life, but Julia’s bold gaze lit other fires he had long suppressed.  And now this glorious stranger was his bride.  But when he tried to claim his husbandly rights, she demanded three months grace—three months to know a stranger’s 
mind, to touch a stranger’s soul, to go where no woman had ever gone before. Into his heart…

"Why did you come here?" he asked.

Gathering her courage, she ventured hesitantly, "If you're not too busy, I thought we might do something today. Together. As man and wife."

He released a bored sigh. "What did you have in mind, a waltz? Ordinarily I'd indulge your whim, but as you can see, the orchestra has temporarily abandoned its post."

"I've missed you."

The statement hung in the air between them. Morgan studied her face for a long moment. "There is a term in fencing for toying with one's opponent."

"Are we opponents?"

"Are you toying?"

"I'm not sure what I'm doing."

"Forgive me if I find that difficult to believe. I've never met a more purposeful woman in my life."

A small smile touched her lips. "Is that good or bad?"

"What do you want, Julia?"

She couldn't remember him ever using her name be­fore. The sound of it rolling off his tongue sent an unex­pected rush of pleasure racing through her. Idly wondering if his reaction would be the same if she spoke his name, she said, "I thought it might be nice if we spent a little time together, Morgan."

She saw something flash in his eyes, but the emotion, whatever it was, vanished too quickly for her to properly define. "Ah. So that's it." A small, cynical smile curved his lips. His gaze moved over her body with scorching inten­sity, as though he were able to see right through to her drawers. He straightened and glanced around the empty room, then back at her. "Interesting timing."

Heat flooded her cheeks. "I didn't mean—"

"Didn't you."

"Certainly not. Must you always be so base?"

"You're the one who came to me."

"With the simple proposition that we attend Lord Attmark's boating party this afternoon," she said, seizing upon the sudden inspiration. "That's all I had in mind."

"Lord Attmark's boating party?"

"I thought it would be quite diverting."

"Floating along a river that smells like rancid sewage in this sweltering heat. That's what you came to see me about."


A knowing smile curved his lips. "Liar."

"I don't know what—"

"Liar," he repeated softy.


Amazon (Kindle Edition):


With This Kiss — A Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’!
“Ms. Lynne weaves her magic to bring the reader a bit of poignancy along with a sexually charged romance in this very satisfying historical romantic suspense.  Find a place for this one on your special shelf.”  —Romantic Times
Nominated for Romantic Times  “Best Historical Romance”
“A smoldering Victorian era romance.”  —Booklist
“The unexpected twists in Ms. Lynne’s newest historical entertain and satisfy.”  —Publisher’s Weekly
“…Trust me: A fun read for lovers of romance, and CERTAINLY for lovers of the Beauty/Beast type story (which I am).  This is the only book of Ms. Lynne’s that I’ve read, but based on my enjoyment, I shall surely seek more.”
“An excellent read—I loved it!  I have never read Victoria Lynne before this book.  You can bet I will from now on.  This book was excellent and I couldn’t put it down… If you like Jude Deveraux or Kathleen Woodiwiss, pick up this book!”
“This book is as great as the reviews!  I am happy to say that it was a pleasure to read a romance that fulfills everything I look for in a novel…This was my first book by this author but I will by all means be looking for more.”
“Surprisingly good!  I received this book from my sister and thought it would prove to be just another trite formula romance.  She said it was “really good,” so I gave it a chance.  She was right.  It does have all of those necessary facets that make it a romance novel, but the writing is crisp and talented, the characters sizzle with a never flagging sexual tension, and the plot never sinks to feeling contrived or phoney.  I enjoyed every page!”
“I loved this.  I could write a long review of this book, but I won’t.  I will sum it up in as few words as possible.  This story contained two extremely likeable characters.  The dialogue between them was so entertaining and well-worded.  I loved every encounter between them.  Everything about this novel was real.  I loved it, and I can truly say it is one of my favorite novels.”
“Fabulous!  With This Kiss had everything I look for in a romance—a tender hero, touching love scenes, a strong heroine, and even a mystery to solve.  I will be hunting down this author’s backlist.”
“Fresh and rewarding…definitely get you hands on this book.”
“This was an extremely well-written book, with believable characters and an interesting plot…”

Victoria Lynne is the author of five historical romance novels.  She’s received two RITA Award nominations, and has consistently earned Romantic Times’ “Top Pick” award.  Called “A Fabulous Storyteller!” by Rendezvous Magazine, her work consistently draws rave reviews and continues to attract new readers.  Her books have been translated into German, Italian, and Spanish, and are currently available online through Kindle and Nook.  
Ms. Lynne lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.  When she’s not plotting her next novel, she loves to get away from her keyboard to ski and hike.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Review: Rosalie Lario's "Heart Of The Incubus" Demons of Infernum Series, Book #4

Title: Heart of the Incubus
Demons of Infernum, #4
Author: Rosalie Lario
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: January 2012
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-82-4
ARC Copy Courtesy Of:  Bewitching Book Tours
(at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review).www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com


Demons of Infernum - Book Four - Rosalie Lario

Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it’s not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.

After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. She’s determined to steer clear of sexy-as-sin Dr. Taylor, despite the fact that his incubus allure makes her want to rip his clothes off. But when a secret admirer’s affection turns to the macabre with threatening notes and grisly gifts, Cresso appoints himself her protector. As she and Cresso hunt her stalker, she discovers there’s a lot more to the sensual incubus than she ever imagined.

Saph's Review:

Book 3.5 (or 4 depending on the site you use for info) is another wonderful story in the Demons of Infernum series.  This is a novella; about 100 pages shorter than Books 1, 2, or 3.  Heart of the Incubus stars Cresso, a friend of the Keegan, Dagan, Taeg, & Ronin.  He's an incubus that has created a serum that neutralizes the poisons that succubi and incubi secrete, now allowing him to enjoy human companionship.  Instead of being a tale of a bad guy wanted to rule the world, this is more of a tale of romance and suspense. Cresso has his eyes on human Genevieve, who's gun-shy about men and relationships since her fiancé broke off their relationship. And to top it all off, Genevieve is being stalked, and the revelation of said stalker is played out quite well.

We don't see much of the Meyers brothers in this novella  and that's okay.  It helps us get to know Cresso a little more since he shows up on some of the first 3 books.  Even though Cresso is a secondary character in other novels, he handles being the main character here just fine.  He picked a strong female character, Genevieve, too, and while she needs help, she's nothing short of amazing.  Cresso and Genevieve are very strong characters, and the plot, although different from Books 1-3, is solid.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review & Special 2-Day Event: Chrystalla Thoma's "Rex Rising" Book #1 Of Elei's Chronicles

File Size: 919 KB
Print Length: 218 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Amazon.com; 1 edition (August 11, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  Chrystalla Thoma
(Provided at no cost for an honest review)

Synopsis Courtesy Of Goodreads:

In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive.

His pursuers aren’t inclined to sit down and talk, although that’s not the end of Elei’s troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won’t be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret – a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known – or die trying.

Saph's Review:

This novel was different from what I usually read.  It was very original in plot, characters, and the enemy elements.  Enter the world of Elei; a world where you are infected with parasites that control you.  Elei is lucky enough to be infected with two separate parasites.  Fortunately (which is a relative term at this point), a former caretaker, who knew Elei was infected with one type of parasite, injected him with a second parasite and until now, they worked in harmony (again another relative term). With the killers of his boss on his tail he's trust into a group of people that may or may not be the enemy.  And it's all due to a secret that he is supposed to possess but knows nothing about.

Rex Rising was a very entertaining read and it kept me engaged from start to finish.  The characters were strong and well developed and the world they lived in was vividly described.  There weren't any elements that were lacking.  Everything made sense and all transitions were easily done without confusion.  A terrific sci-fi novel--even if you're like me and you don't usually read that genre.  I'm glad I took the time to expand my horizons...I would have missed out on an excellent book had I declined.

So, what is the Special Event?  Go to Amazon.com (follow the Rex Rising banner below) because on January 28 & 29, 2012, "Rex Rising" in the Kindle version, is free (please check pricing before buying--I make no guarantees about costs and am not responsible if books have a cost associated with them).  ENJOY!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Review: Rosalie Lario's "Mark Of The Sylph" Demons of Infernum Series, Book #2

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 509 KB
Print Length: 270 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937044378
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (September 3, 2011)
Language: English
ASIN: B005L9CU94
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Bewitching Book Tours (at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review).www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com


MARK OF THE SYLPH, Book Two, Demons of Infernum Series

Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.

Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.

Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.

Saph's Review:

Book two is just as great as Book one in the Demons of Infernum series.  

This novel is about Taeg; half-demon and half-faerie.  When we last left him he was intent on seeking out Leviathos; an old rival.  Taeg, however now also finds himself looking for an ancient sword that can destroy the book--The Book of the Dead--that can bring forth a zombie army with the use of Taeg's sister-in-law, Brynn.

Then he meets Maya, a librarian that can see through the glamour used by otherwordly persons to conceal their identity.  And is she ever a spitfire, which only makes the heat Taeg feels for her grow.  Maya has secrets though that has her hating every supernatural creature out there, especially Demons.  Taeg knows she can be useful to the cause that he and his brothers have; protect Brynn and destroy the Book of the Dead....but someone else has another thing planned and it involved both Brynn and the Book.

I am impressed with the continuance of excellence with this series.  Again, we have the lovable brothers and Brynn from Blood of the Demon and the addition of Maya. All of these characters are strong and most have come from horrible pasts filled with abuse and/or violence.  The humorous tones are appropriately placed on the pages and nothing falls flat.  Taeg has certainly met his match with Maya, who keeps him on his toes - or on the floor while she's trying to kill him.  She could whoop his butt without thinking twice, a trait that he adores about her.  His trademark abilities don't work on her either so there's no charming her to get her to back off.  We get a very strong hero and heroine in this book just like in Book 1 and for that I'm grateful.  (I'm not really all for a wimpy heroine in what is supposed to be a strong, kick-butt story). 
This book rocks and I'm glad to have gotten the opportunity to read it and review it on my blog.

Please Note:  This book contains "adult scenes."


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

YA Giveaway Hop Jan. 27 - 31, 2012 --- Signed Kindle ebook of Jana Oliver's "The Demon Trapper's Daughter"

It's Giveaway Time Again!!!

The Young Adult Giveaway Hop is Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Down the Rabbit Hole

My giveaway today will be a Kindle ebook of The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver!!
And the author graciously offered to sign the Kindle ebook for the winner!!

You can find my review HERE!

Fill out the form below!  Good Luck! :)

Virtual Book Tour - Review: Rosalie Lario's "Blood Of The Demon" Demons of Infernum Series, Book #1

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 480 KB
Print Length: 255 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937044157
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (July 27, 2011)
Language: English
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  Bewitching Book Tours (at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review).


BLOOD OF THE DEMON, Book One, Demons of Infernum Series

Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring upon the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, inter-dimensional bounty-hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment.

Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her abilities to read memories embedded in objects and drain people of their life force means she has demon ancestry. Unfortunately for Brynn, she’s also the key to raising an ancient zombie army, which puts her on every demon’s Most Wanted List.

And no one wants her more than Mammon.

Keegan must protect Brynn from his father by any means necessary, but he’ll have to learn to harness the other half of his genetics—the far deadlier, uncontrollable side—when he starts to fall for the one woman standing between him and the vengeance he so desperately seeks. The one woman he’ll never be able to resist.

Saph's Review:

Blood Of The Demon was one of the best books I've ever read.

Keenan is the son of a monster, an abusive, controlling monster. When he finds out about his father, Mammon's plan to raise an army of undead, he and his brothers must do what they can to stop him. There is a book, The  Book of the Dead, that, when in the hands of an heir of an ancient Egyptian, can call forth this army.  Mammon plans to rule the Earth with this army.  Keegan and his brothers work for Elden Council as Detainors, which are bounty hunters that can move from one dimension to the next in search of their query. 

Little did Keenan realize that the heir, Brynn, in this mess would be "the one" to make him happy.  This puts a kink in the plans to kill the heir if Mammon finds the book before Keenan and his brothers do.  Keenan does his best to stay away from her but she's intoxicating.  

When all Hell breaks loose, literally, Keenan must choose between saving Brynn and going against his brothers, or killing Brynn to save the billions of people on earth.

This is a wonderful book with totally likable characters.  Brynn is an owner of a family art gallery but she's more than meets the eye.  Apparently part of her Egyptian heritage has stayed in the generational line and she can touch an object and read its memories plus she can drain the life force for humans at will.  These abilities mean she's part demon.  Keegan, too, is part demon; he gets that from his father but he's also part dragon due to his father's kidnapping and rape of one of the most majestic and elusive shifters.  Keenan's brothers are also half-breeds.  Taeg is part faerie; Dagan is part siren; and Ronis is part angel.

This is a completely refreshing take on paranormal romance.  The novel started out great and just got better as it went along.  There wasn't a slow spot anywhere and the storyline just flowed so well.  It only took me a couple nights to read it because I couldn't put it down....I have a feeling my Government exam I have to take tonight might suffer because I was reading about demons instead of our country.  This book, however, is totally worth it!  The chemistry between Keegan and Brynn was realistic and both characters blended well together.  The love between Keegan and his brothers is very strong and obvious in the novel, too.  

Please Note:  This book contains "adult scenes" but nothing over-the-top; a nice blending of lust, romance, and love.  There aren't any rape scenes although it is referenced (this is how Keegan and his brothers came to be).


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: Jason Heller's "Taft 2012"

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594745501
ISBN-13: 978-1594745508
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
ARC Courtesy Of:  Eric @ Quirk Books 
(no charge to me in exchange for an honest review)

Synopsis From The Back Cover:


     He is the perfect presidential candidate.  Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé . Liberals love his peaceful, progressive practicality.  The media can't get enough of his larger-than-life personality.  And all the American people love that he's an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.
    There's just one problem.  He is William Howard Taft...and he was already president a hundred years ago.  So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

     A most extraordinary satire, Jason Heller's debut novel follows the strange new life of a presidential Rip Van Winkle:  a man who never ever wanted the White House in the first place, yet finds himself hurtling toward it once more--this time, through the media-fueled madness of 21st-century America.

Saph's Review:

I'm going to start right off and admit that I don't really get involved in politics.  I'm currently enrolled in an Introduction to U.S. government class in college but that doesn't make me political in any sense of the word.  However, the information provided by the Publisher of Taft 2012 piqued my interest in this novel.

William H. Taft.....The 27th president of the United States with a tenure from 1909 - 1913.  He suddenly disappears on the day he is supposed to hand over the reigns to Woodrow Wilson.  Fast forward to 2011.  It seems that Taft pulled a Rip Van Winkle and has conveniently awaken in an election year.

It was interesting for me to see a character from the early 1900's try to integrate in today's society.  I think Heller pulled it off pretty well.  I liked the fact that Heller was able to connect Taft with his great granddaughter so at least he had a family member around--even if they didn't know each other.  Taft also became friends with the Secret Service agent that shot him in the beginning of the book.  

Being that we are in an election year this book is a perfect read for anyone who wants a fresh (although mostly fictional) look at politics.  There is humor around every corner--what do you expect?  We have a former president that served our country as such 100 years ago that is in there here-and-nows of 2011/2012. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and politics have changed dramatically since he ruled the White House roost.

You can go to http://taft2012.com/ and read all about the candidate and more about the book.

Saph's Rating:

Winner Announcement - Second Grave On The Left Audiobook!

And the winner is……

Rachel Vessar!!!


Thank you to everyone that entered!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Virtual Book Tour Promo: Coral Moore's "Broods Of Fenrir"

Title: Broods of Fenrir 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 60k words, 230ish pages
Availability: Amazon, Nook, Smashwords (buy links below)
Tour Presented By: Bewitching Book Tours   www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com


Shapeshifter Brand Geirson was raised to rule the Broods of Fenrir, but he refused his birthright. Instead, he killed their brutal leader–his own father–and walked away.

For hundreds of years he’s avoided brood society, until a werewolf kills an innocent human woman and Brand finds himself dragged back into the violent politics of the shapeshifters. When the two brood women who mean the most to him come under threat, he must take up the throne and risk becoming the kind of vicious bastard his father was, or let the broods descend further into chaos–taking the friend he swore to protect and his lover with them.

Relevant Warnings: There is significant violence. One on-screen sex scene, though I wouldn't describe it as particularly graphic.

About the Author:

Coral Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives the tales she tells.

Prompted by a general interest in how life works, her undergraduate schooling was in biology. She follows science news and enjoys conversations about genetics and microbiology as much as those about vampires and werewolves. Coral writes speculative fiction and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Albertus Magnus College.

Currently she lives in Connecticut with the love of her life, who offers both encouragement and kicks in the tail when necessary. Also in residence are two mammals of the families Canidae and Felidae.

She released her first novel, Broods of Fenrir, in November 2011. Her next release, Elements of Rebellion, is due out in spring 2012.


twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/coralm


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Guest Post / Facebook Competition: Terri Giuliano Long's "In Leah's Wake"

In celebration of the launch of "In Leah's Wake" in the UK, I have a special guest post from the author Terri. I've also had the pleasure to read and review "In Leah's Wake" for Terri. You may read the review Here.

Now, I welcome Terri to my blog!

An Ode to Bloggers

Last May, a month or so after I began marketing my novel, In Leah’s Wake, a former agent told me that I would never sell 500 books. A rookie, I had no idea what to expect. When I published the novel, I’d dreamed of selling a 3,000 – 5,000 books, hoping healthy sales numbers would attract the attention of an agent or traditional publishing house for my next novel.

The agent had left New York, but she’d been in the business for a long time, and her words stung. I hung up the phone, heartbroken, depressed. Had I not been in the midst of my first blog tour, I might have pulled my novel off the market that day.

Determined to see the tour through, I soldiered on.  On the tour, I met wonderful, caring people, book bloggers, whose kindness buoyed and sustained me. 

Over the next few months, In Leah’s Wake appeared on hundreds of blogs. Bloggers opened their hearts and spread the word about this quiet literary novel. In August, In Leah’s Wake hit the Barnes & Noble and Amazon charts. Now, seven months after my talk with that agent, the book has been in the Amazon top 200 for over five months, and we’ve sold just shy of 80,000 copies.

Book bloggers rock! I don’t know how to say it any better. Book bloggers are the fairy godmothers and godfathers of the literary world. They invest their talent, their energy, and their time into reviewing and promoting books – and keeping dreams alive.

Even today, traditional media refuse to recognize or review indie books. In this very real sense, book bloggers are the heart and soul of the indie revolution.  Their vision, their energy, and their determination have enabled this amazing populist movement to take hold.

Today, we have the great good fortune of hearing the funny, poignant, intelligent voices of new authors from around the world - voices that, just a few years ago, might have been silenced by the gatekeepers of the old guard. These voices reach into hearts and minds, forging connections, uniting us in a community of readers and writers, searching for and finding, through words, the better part of ourselves. Because, truly, at heart, this is what reading and writing is all about.

Here’s to you, book bloggers! You are and always will be my heroes!

Now, click on the book cover in the right side panel to be taken to Terri's Facebook Fan Page where you can enter a photo contest.  Here's what you can win and what you need to do in order to enter:

There are two $50 Amazon gift certificates available: one for the best photograph and one for the best caption.  Entrants can take a photograph of themselves with their paperback copy of In Leah’s Wake or showing the book on their ereader or laptop, or perhaps get family members and/or pets involved!  For the really creative, why not recreate a scene from the book?


Terri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel In Leah’s Wake. Her life outside of books is devoted to her family. In her free time, she enjoys walking, traveling, and listening to music. True to her Italian-American heritage, she’s an enthusiastic cook. In an alternate reality, she might be an international food writer. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. In Leah’s Wake is her debut novel.

Website: www.tglong.com

This week, Terri and Inspired Quill Press (paperback edition), launch a newly edited edition of In Leah’s Wake. The newly edited novel features a new chapter and several new scenes, adding new connections and insights, and tightens the book, cutting 60 pages – all while maintaining the integrity of the original edition.

For more information, please visit her website: www.tglong.com/blog or any of these retailer sales. (Your local library or bookstore can also order the book through major distribution channels.)

As of today, January 23, 2012, this wonderful book is only $0.99 on Amazon.com.  You may purchase it through the following link:


Terri Giuliano Long
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback, Kindle
ISBN: 1456310542
Publisher: CreateSpace/Inspired Quill Press
Website: www.tglong.com

***Newly edited by Sara-Jayne Slack, Inspired Quill Press***

The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest daughter, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine—more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years—just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly “together” kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until everything goes wrong. Can this family survive in Leah’s wake? 

Margot Livesey, award-winning author of Banishing Verona, calls In Leah's Wake "a beautifully written and absorbing novel." 

When happens when love just isn't enough?

Recipient of the CTRR Award for excellence
2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites, First Place

Praise for In Leah’s Wake 

"Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, and always tender." Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, author Take One Candle Light A Room

"In Leah's Wake is a beautifully written and absorbing novel." Margot Livesey, Award-winning author of Banishing Verona

“Pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life.”  Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blog

“An incredibly strong debut, this book is fantastic on many fronts.” Naomi Blackburn, Founder Sisterhood of the Traveling Book


In Leah's Wake

Virtual Book Tour-Review & Excerpt: J.F. Jenkins' "Vala: Agendas"

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 904 KB
Print Length: 291 pages
Publisher: Astraea Press (October 17, 2011)
Language: English
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  Bewitching Book Tours

Vala Agendas
By J.F Jenkins

Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.

All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.

Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.

Saph's Review:

When Cheyenne attends a teen night club and gains the attention of the new kid, Denver, little does she know that he's about to open up a part of her heritage that has been kept a secret.  After being bitten by Denver Cheyenne begins hearing the plants and flowers in her room talk to her.  To top it off, it appears her mother knows about these incidents 2 strangers to their home.  These 2 strangers, a witch and an angel of death, swoop into her life, remove her from what's familiar and deposit her at the Vala School & Seminary.

Cheyenne comes to realize that she's not a mere human; she's a nymph and the daughter of a goddess.  And that there are people out there with secret agendas.  Her budding relationships with her circle of friends at the school is interesting and well developed.  The paranormal element is outstanding.  Even in a market flooded (not that I mind--cuz I don't--I love paranormal stuff) with witches, warlocks, vampires, etc., J.F. Jenkins keeps this story fresh.  It's not the same 'ole, same 'ole.  The only complaint I have is that I'm not sure I like the situation between Cheyenne and the human woman who raised her.  There is a lot of unforgiving hatred that Cheyenne feels toward her "mother," who only wanted to protect her and keep her safe.  Other than that, I found this book interesting, engaging, and full  of unanswered questions....I can't wait to see how the author plays out the sequel.



J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jfjenkinsauthor

Twitter: @jfjenkinstweets


“Can I help you?” she asked, shielding herself protectively with her arms.

“Sorry, you smell good,” he murmured, practically purring in her ear as he pulled away. He still maintained his close proximity.

“I smell...” She frowned and was about to sniff at her arm, but she stopped herself. “…good?”

“You smell good. Kind of like lilies of the valley, actually. Let me guess—you use that for your scented body wash?”

“I just use Dial.” Her entire body tensed more as he moved in again, his face dangerously close to her neck. “I don’t mean to be rude, and while I’m flattered you’re so fascinated with my body, you’re also making me uncomfortable. If you’re just trying to butter me up so I’ll go home with you, you should stop now, because that’s not going to happen. Back off before I make you.”

He moved away once more with a smug smirk. “I thought I smelled fire, too.” He extended his hand to her for a polite and friendly handshake. “My name is Denver. Yes, like the city in Colorado. Last name is Collins, and I’m sorry if I made you uncomfortable. I don’t usually meet someone with that kind of scent. It’s strong. I knew there was a reason I noticed you.”

Is this guy high or something? “Apology accepted. I'm Cheyenne. I'ʹve seen you around school these past few weeks, but I don'ʹt think we'ʹve ever been formally introduced until now. You're new, right?” Cheyenne shook his hand nervously. He had a strong and confident shake. He seemed to be a genuinely nice person, outside of his odd behaviors. If anything, it made her look good in front of her classmates to be talking to the new cool kid, and a young, attractive male. She felt a little less like a freak.

“I'm temporary. I haven't been formally introduced to anyone. You're the first, and it's only because you smell so nice I can't stay away.”

“Do you use that line on everyone? It’s unique. A little creepy, but unique.”

“No.” He sat back and proceeded to grab a napkin off the bar and fold it in front of him multiple times. He didn'ʹt have much of an attention span, apparently. “I actually don’t pick up women often. I just made an exception for the blue--‐ eyed beauty in front of me.”

Cheyenne’s face flushed again. “I wasn’t aware you knew the color of my eyes, seeing as how you’ve been staring at my breasts the entire time.” It came out a lot harsher than she intended. 

In fact, she wasn’t meaning to say it at all. “Sorry, I—”

“You’re right. I was, but I remember you from earlier. I noticed your eyes when you were looking across the school yard at me.”

“You do remember that.” She shrank in her chair a little, officially wanting to hide under a rock.

“It’s a little hard not to when you’re so cute.” He moved closer to her, not quite as close as before, but enough to cause butterflies in her stomach. “You don’t like it here. I don’t like it here. And since we both don’t like it here, maybe we should head out and find something else to do. Maybe we can go someplace we
both like.”

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Virtual Book Tour-Promo: Lawna Mackie's "Enchantment

By Lawna Mackie

Available January 13, 2012 from MuseItUp Publishing.

Stumbling into the world of Enchantment brought Meeka everything she’d been searching for. Peace. Magic. A gorgeous knight in shining armor. Kerrigan is torn between his desire for Meeka and his duty as a dragon shifter guard to expel all foreigners.

Can Kerrigan keep Meeka safe as his enemies strive to turn her into a weapon that will destroy all he is bound to protect? Or will their passion override duty?

About Lawna:.

I have always believed in fairy tales and when I got tired of the old ones I made up my own. Each story would have a hero and heroine, but they were anything but typical.

I devoured my first romance novel when I was a teenager. I couldn’t read them fast enough. Years later I stumbled across my first paranormal romance…an injustice would be done if I tried to explain my joy when I found this genre of romance. My passion was finally in print.

Now, with the help of my bizarre dreams and crazy imagination, I have started to write and intend to share my stories with you. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

I am truly blessed. My husband and my animals are my inspiration. We live on a small acreage in Didsbury, Alberta, with our most beloved companions, Dozer, Daisy and Mandarin.

Happy reading everyone, I sure would love to hear from you. www.lawnamackie.ca

Quinn’s Christmas Wish – December 1, 2011 available through Amazon and Smashwords.

IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD – December 19, 2011 released through Liquid Silver Books http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com

ENCHANTMENT – January 13, 2012 released through Muse It Up Publishing http://museituppublishing.com

Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: Michelle Scott's "Straight To Hell" (Lilith Straight series, Book #1)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 394 KB
Print Length: 188 pages
Language: English
ASIN: B005M3MQ84
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  See First Sentence Under "Saph's Review"

Synopsis Courtesy Of Goodreads:

The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.

Saph's Review:

I originally received a copy of this from Michelle herself, and then I signed up for R2R – Read to Review – through “Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics!” on Goodreads.

Lilith Straights starts right at the being telling her readers she's better off than any of us; better paychecks, house, and lifestyle...Until one day it all changes and she finds out her husband was cheating on her.  Now instead of a nice house, designer clothes, and country club friends she finds herself living in a less-than-desirable part of town because her niece burned down the nice one she got after the divorce, bare cupboards, no job, and providing for her daughter Grace, niece Ariel, step-sister Jasmine, and Tommy, Jasmine's "spiritual advisor."  And just when she thought her situation couldn't get any worse....she gets hit by a car and dies.  Only she doesn't die...she finds herself presented to Miss Spry - in hell.  It seems that Lilith comes from a long line of succubi and it's her turn to fill the role.  Lilith finds that being a succubus, a mother, an aunt, and a step-sister isn't all that easy.

"Straight To Hell" is a nice novel that doesn't have the sexual overtones that you would expect with a story about a succubus.  The book was fantastic from the first page to the last page.  Each character had such different qualities that it keep the story from getting dull.  The plot was solid and consistent.  It's a paranormal story with a mix of humor, realism, and brings home the choices parents have to make in order to protect their families.  Because of her familial lineage, Lilith is put into situations that her now half-human heart has trouble dealing with and ultimately fails the tests that Miss Spry throws at her.  But when Miss Spry kidnaps and threatens one of Lilith's family members, she's forced to do the unthinkable in order to appease Miss Spry and regain possession of what's been taken from her. 

I didn't particularly enjoy the redemption part of the story.  Not because it was written poorly; it wasn't.  It was perfect for the story line and was exactly what was required due to the situation Lilith was in.  Miss Spry pretty much had Lilith between a rock and a hard place and Lilith had to make a pretty hard choice or two.  If you've read any of my previous reviews you know that if the book is good enough, I get completely involved with the characters; I feel what they feel and see what they see.  So, on that note, when Lilith was going through the motions to regain the support of Miss Spry, I  felt bad for the people involved.  My heart broke at the betrayal....Okay, if I continue to type, I'll end up giving things away....

This is a really good book and I look forward to Book 2 in the Lilith Straight series.


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Virtual Book Tour Promo: P.R. Mason's "Entanglements"

By P.R. Mason 


Teen KIZZY TAYLOR is just hoping for an evening of fun when she joins her friends in a spelunking expedition through an under-city tunnel. But fun turns bizarre when Kizzy accidentally opens a vortex and her stepsister is swept through to an evil alternate dimension. The only way to rescue her stepsister is to reopen the vortex and go in after her. But is her new boyfriend, ROM CALIXO, going to help Kizzy or try to stop her? And if she can get past Rom, will she be able to get back home? 

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Excerpt :

Chapter 1 Entanglements 

June 21st

No one had ever lived after jumping from the Talmadge Bridge. Until now, in my entire fifteen years, I had never been particularly special or unique. So the chances I, Kizzy Taylor, would be the first to survive were probably slimmer than the cheerleading captain at my high school. The nighttime Savannah skyline, with its gold domed city hall, loomed in the distance, serene and beautiful. Leaning over the railing, I peered down to the water far, far below me. The whipping wind slammed my ponytail against my forehead.

In the darkness, the black sheen of the water’s surface had the appearance of asphalt after a rain. It would probably feel like asphalt on impact. At the thought, my knees buckled. Even if I wasn’t particularly afraid of falling, I was suddenly very afraid of heights…Weird.

Straightening my shaking legs with defiance, I dragged my gaze away from the river and deliberately stared at my feet. They weren’t as scary as the height. From the purple polish on my toes to the blister on my right heel, they were the same feet I’d slipped into clear plastic flip-flops this morning. The garishly happy sunflower appliqué of my shoes mocked me.

“Kizzy.” Adam’s tiny four-year-old fingers tugged at the denim of my pants. He held his favorite plastic pterodactyl toy in his other hand.

Glancing back at him, I pried his fingers away. “Get back,” I ordered, giving a little push behind me. Okay. Maybe my life was over but I was going to save my little brother.

“I want to go home and see Mommy.” Adam's blue eyes were wide and glistening with fear.

“I know, baby. We will. But get back now.” I tried to keep my tone firm but loving.

A car’s horn blared. Rising as it approached, the tone of the honking then fell as the car left us behind. The lights of the enormous suspension bridge must be illuminating us as if we were on a theater stage. Why didn’t any of these passing cars stop to help?

Adam’s sobs tore at me as I balanced my belly against the icy metal of the railing and climbed over. With barely enough room for my feet, their tips hung over the concrete edge.

“Shhh.” I glanced back over my right shoulder at Adam to try to meet his eyes but they were scrunched tightly shut. “We’re just playing a game. We’ll go home soon. I promise.”

“This isn’t a game.” The baritone voice, so agonizingly familiar, drowned out my brother’s cries. “You have to do it,” the man shouted prodding me in the back with his revolver.

The muzzle jabbed into my skin through the thin fabric of my t-shirt and pushed me forward. I would totally have a bruise tomorrow...if I survived until tomorrow.

“Jump,” the man screamed.

Gripping the rail behind me, I clung. A jagged piece of metal on the rail bit into my flesh and I winced as liquid pooled in my palm. I couldn’t help jerking that hand away to hold it in front of me. Blood dripped off my palm before disappearing into the darkness and becoming part of the Savannah River water.

“Kizzzzzy!” My brother screeched.

“Shut up.” The man started with a jerk. “Do you want to make me shoot?”

The pitch of Adam’s wailing heightened.

Clutching at my necklace as if it were a religious medal, I turned to try to talk to him.

“Can’t you just leave Adam alone? I’ll do what you want.” My pleading had the same effect on the man as it did on the steel of the suspension cable a few feet away.

“This is because of you,” he said. He. My dad. He didn’t even look like the hero I’d always known. My once handsome father was now ugly with his face set in angry angles and with unrecognizable wild eyes. "This is all because of you."

Tell me something new. I’d always suspected I was to blame for my parents’ divorce. But could the breakdown of a marriage actually send my father into this kind of craziness?

“What about Adam,” I said. “Will you take him home…after this?”

“That’s not important.” He—I refused to think of him as Dad again—waved the gun around as if he weren’t even aware of it anymore.

His monotone statement sent an uncontrolled shiver rushing through me. Suddenly, my heart raced so fast and hard it wouldn’t have surprised me if it burst through to the outside of my chest like that creature in the movie Alien. I was terrified for myself and for Adam.

If I tried to get past him, my father could easily block me and throw me over. Mind racing, I remembered the door in the concrete tower—one of the two supporting the deck of the bridge—we’d passed walking up here from our car. I hoped that door led to a stairway down or possibly an elevator. The tower and its door to freedom tantalized me at only about fifty feet away. I could walk the edge of the bridge like a balance beam and make it there pretty quickly.

But what about the gun? It occurred to me that, for some reason, shooting me wasn’t what he wanted or he would have done it by now.

Carefully turning my feet and preparing to get away as fast as I could, I gripped the rail with my right hand and held out the other toward my brother.

“Come to me,” I said.

With complete trust Adam ran and hopped so I could lift him into a “seat” on my left elbow. His arms wrapped tightly around my neck. The smell of chocolate in his hair bolstered my resolve.

“What?” The man blinked as if coming out of some kind of trance. “What are you doing?”

Not bothering to answer, I inched my way along. A wall of wind I hadn’t counted on thwarted my progress. Worse, a sudden gust threatened to sweep us over the side.

“Stop,” the man ordered.

A popping from behind me was almost immediately accompanied by a burning in my right bicep. The arm I’d been using to anchor us to the rail went numb and I lost my hold. Apparently, he was willing to shoot me after all.

Only a few more feet to the door. We could still make it, but I needed to go back over the rail to get there.

Twisting, I prepared to set Adam down on the safe side. Another popping noise sounded from behind me and a thud reverberated in my body as if I'd been slammed in the side with a twenty-pound barbell. The numbness in my arm expanded into the rest of my body and fog seeped into my brain. I know I dropped backward and lost the precarious balance I’d had with my feet.

Falling seemed to take forever as the water slowly rose to meet me. The dome of city hall continued to gleam in the distance, with its golden reflection extending to the river water. Strange that I hadn’t seen that before.

No, I thought. The glow wasn’t on the water it was above the water. A luminous oval pulsed between the river and me. The oval transformed into a circle tinged not only with gold but also with violet.

This must be some dying hallucination the brain generates, I thought as I passed into the shimmering ring. The teacher hadn’t covered this in Biology I. Maybe death tripping was in next semester’s material. The stuff I wouldn’t be learning.

Hitting the water felt like a giant wet mouth sucking me in before swallowing me down.

About the Author:

P.R. Mason writes steamy contemporary and paranormal romance under the name Patricia Mason and young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy as P.R. Mason. She escaped from the snowy Midwest winters of her youth by moving in 2001 to the strange and wonderful city of Savannah, Georgia to pursue her dream of being a novelist. Pat's background is eclectic. She was an Assistant District Attorney and for a number of years was antique shop which was home to a number of ghosts. Her home is ruled by two black cats, one of whom was rescued from the most haunted cemetery in the southeast.

Please visit www.prmason.net

You can also follow the author @prmason on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blog Tour: "Change Of Address" by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Change of Address
Natalie-Nicole Bates

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 18, 2012

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing



Saved from a traumatic past and successful in her present as a home care nurse, Josselyn Adler’s dream of home ownership in the idyllic town of Unity are dashed to pieces when Dr Ben Parnell, a cancer specialist, shows up on her doorstep claiming to be the rightful owner of the house—and Ben has a will to prove it! To Josselyn, the house represents a new start in her life. With a stable home, hopefully a much wanted family wouldn’t be far behind.

After a near career-ending allegation is made, Ben has returned home to lick his wounds. But now he must prove Josselyn’s claim to be a fake, that she used her position as a live-in nurse to his sick father to ingratiate herself into his good graces. But as he gets to know her, he can tell by her shy, often standoffish behavior, that Josselyn is a woman who has been deeply hurt in her past. Although he is attracted to the dark haired beauty that has invaded his life, he is still suspicious of her true motives and her past involvement with his father.

Warnings: The story is sensual, but has NO graphic sex or violence, and only mild coarse language and adult themes

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/ceaf03ElSqc


About the Author:

Natalie Nicole-Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her short paranormal romance, Antique Charming (Saph's Review Here), was published by Books To Go Now Publishing in October 2011 and her contemporary romance, Change of Address, is scheduled to be published by Secret Cravings in January 2012.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

Visit Natalie online at http://natalienicolebates.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Tour - Guest Post - Review : Avery Flynn's "Seduction Creek Dry Creek Series Book #2


Welcome to Sapphyria's Book Reviews today Avery!!!  I hope you don't mind but I have some questions for you!  ::smile::  Some are about your book "A Dry Creek Bed" and some are totally random...I love random.

Avery:  Thank you so much for having me over at your place today!

Your alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m., what do you do next?

My New Year’s resolution was to get up when I’m suppose to, but if my alarm went off at 5 a.m. I would still hit snooze about twelve times before I even realized what I was doing. I am a really hard sleeper - as in I slept through a tornado once - so getting up in the morning is hellish. A roommate in college once threatened to kill me if I hit snooze one more time. I couldn’t even hold it against her because I am that bad about getting up.

What do you write and what is it about that genre that calls out to you?

I write steamy romantic suspense with a sense of humor. I can’t imagine writing anything else. Man, I love the heart-pounding intensity of mixing suspense, humor and sex into one fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ride. It’s what I like to read and what I love to write.

What is it about your current hero that is crush worthy?

Dry Creek County Sheriff Hank Layton is so crush worthy. Damn, he’s really yummy - don’t tell my husband I said that. Hank is a tall, hunk of man with an ornery sense of humor, a sheriff’s badge and an amazing butt that can really fill out a pair of jeans. Best of all he’s smart, loyal and determined to make Beth fall madly in love with him.

Why would a reader want to be best friends with your latest heroine?

You know those friends that you have who always have your back, make you laugh when you need it, tell you to suck it up when you deserve it and would bring you Ben & Jerry’s and a copy of Bridget Jones’ Diary in times of need? That’s Beth Martinez. She took up residence in the back of my mind when I wrote Up a Dry Creek, so I knew I had to give Beth her own book. And, wham, here is A Dry Creek Bed.

Tell us a little about Seduction Creek.

Gladly! Dry Creek County Sheriff Hank Layton is the stuff of dreams. Nasty, steamy, delicious fantasies that leave Beth Martinez weak-kneed and desperately wanting the man she can never have.

Hank can’t stop thinking about Beth to the point where he’s afraid of becoming permanently bowlegged. And even though the sexual tension between them is thick enough to trip over, she runs every time he chases.

But when a mysterious developer forces her neighbors off their land, Beth becomes the one person standing between the scoundrel and millions of dollars. Only Hank can help her uncover the truth. Together they risk their lives exposing decades-old secrets and learn that everything is not as it seems in their rural Nebraska town.

Saph:  Thank you for enduring my Q and A session.  Have A Great Tour!!!

Here are the book details and my review--

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 297 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (January 2, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Bewitching Book Tours 
(in exchange for an honest review)


"I do believe I can arrest you for looking at someone like that. You've got to be breaking some indecency laws."

Taking a deep breath, she recovered her bearings. Mostly. "You're out of your jurisdiction, sheriff."

Dry Creek County Sheriff Hank Layton is the stuff of dreams. Nasty, steamy, delicious fantasies that leave Beth Martinez weak-kneed and desperately wanting the man she can never have.

Hank can’t stop thinking about Beth to the point where he’s afraid of becoming permanently bowlegged. And even though the sexual tension between them is thick enough to trip over, she runs every time he chases.

But when a mysterious developer forces her neighbors off their land, Beth becomes the one person standing between the scoundrel and millions of dollars. Only Hank can help her uncover the truth. Together they risk their lives exposing decades-old secrets and learn that everything is not as it seems in their rural Nebraska town.

Excerpt (For Mature Readers Only!):

Seduction Creek Excerpt - The Kiss

She stopped with her back to him. "One kiss?"

“One little kiss.”

A fall breeze brushed the tips of her mahogany hair across her back and she straightened her shoulders. Spinning around, she made her way back to him with a fuck-you strut. Stopping just short of his feet, she dropped her gym bag. It hit the pavement with a thud, the whole world seeming to have gone silent around them.

"Let's get it over with."

Something primal inside of him howled its approval. He wanted to devour her full lips then and there.

Stick to the plan, dude.

He held firm. Barely. "OK, you can kiss me."

"Wait a minute -"

"You're the one who says there's nothing between us, so I figure you should set the tone of the kiss. It's up to you to disprove my theory."

"Of all the stupid things." She huffed out a breath. "Fine."

Hank held his breath, hoping all his bluster would pay off. God, this woman undid him.

She laid her soft hand against his chest. There was no way she could miss the hammering behind his ribs. Navy blue nails shone bright against the red of his cotton shirt. Her shoulders twitched with a shiver. A flicker of doubt shook him. Maybe she'd ignored him after the party for a reason.

Then her lips touched his. Chocolate and caramel coffee teased his taste buds as their tongues twisted around each other.

His hands roamed to the bottom of her soft, wool sweater, snuck underneath the hem and caressed the soft skin above the low waist of her jeans.

Her vanilla perfume surrounded him as he lowered his mouth to taste the sweetness of her neck. He lost himself to the hungry lust streaming through his veins and the moaning woman in his arms. There was no street, no gawking neighbors, no one else in the world.

"Hank, stop." Beth's breath brushed against his cheek.

More plea than demand, her words sliced through his euphoria. Unwilling to let her go yet, he lifted his head but kept his fingers tucked into her waistband. Still tasting her on his lips, he couldn't form any words.

A flush pinked her cheeks as she pursed her kiss-swollen lips. "So ... that's ... out of the way."

Her hand shook when she patted him on the chest, her fingers lingering for a few seconds over his pounding heart. With a sigh she pulled out of his embrace and trudged up to the house, never looking back.

She thought this was over? After a kiss like that? His balls couldn't be any bluer if they were made of blueberries. For a smart woman, she sure wasn't thinking straight.

Saph's Review:

Another Masterpiece!  This is the 2nd book in Avery Flynn's Layton Family series.  This one is about Claire Layton's oldest brother, Hank - the hot sheriff of Dry Creek and Claire's best friend, Beth Martinez. 

Hank and Beth have a history, well....of course they have a history.  One that spans a couple of decades considering Beth is Hank's sister's best friend.   There is unspoken passion between them that Beth denies on the outside but has her all hot and bothered on the inside....But Beth has a secret that will squash any future plans that involve Hank.  Hank, on the other hand, has wanted Beth for a long time and will stop at nothing to claim her.

Someone is scooping up all of the land surrounding Beth's family property; someone with a less than honest motive.  The talks of a new casino in town have everyone being strong-armed into selling out but Beth won't do it.  When Beth starts receiving threats and then her grandparents' home is broken into Hank gets involved even though the home is outside his jurisdiction.  

Hank and Beth soon find themselves in Vegas  - he on a vacation with his brothers and her on a business trip.  The fun and games soon turn deadly as Hank and Beth find themselves on the run from someone; someone that has managed to drug Beth and then follower her and her knight in shining armor, Hank, through the strip.  

When the plot is discovered and the mastermind revealed, it may be too late to save anyone.

This is a wonderful story of pent up passion and longing mixed well with a suspenseful mystery.  I love the chemistry between Hank and Beth almost as much as I loved the chemistry between Claire and Jake in Book 1.  The confusion Hank and Beth share regarding their roles in each others lives is genuine and sincere.  Beth wants Hank in the worst way and vice versa but Beth is Hank's sister's best friend....if the line is crossed and the relationship fails how will any of them be able to be in the same room together?  

The plot is solid and the who-dun-it aspect was played out well.  I found the story to be engaging and believable not tacky, strung out, or lame.  The only part I found rough was the revelation of Beth's secret.  It felt a tad rushed to me.  I expected nothing less than the way Hank dealt with it, however, and was pretty happy at the outcome. 

Please note:  This book contains "adult scenes." 


 About the Author:

Avery Flynn, the author of Temptation Creek and Seduction Creek, books one and two in the Dry Creek series set in Nebraska, grew up in a small town in the western part of that state, a far cry from her present day home just outside of Washington, D.C. It was no accident that she went back to her roots for the small town setting for her romantic suspense.

“When I graduated high school,” she says, “I couldn’t cross the state line fast enough. The older I got and the farther I moved away, the more I realized what a wonderful place Nebraska had been to live. I swore I’d set a novel there as a way to give people a look into the amazing folks that live in my home state.”

The name Avery Flynn is a pseudonym for the author who, at least for now, prefers to remain behind the scenes. She believes having Avery as her alter ego is a very good thing because, as she says, “Pen name Avery is way cooler than me. Her favorite color is hot pink. She drinks single malt scotch on the rocks. She loves the Argentinean tango and stays at Iceland’s Ice Hotel.”

Author Avery has been writing since she was a child and her father gave her a baby blue Brother typewriter. She couldn’t read but nonetheless wrote numerous stories about her stuffed animals in gibberish. She hasn’t stopped since, though she maintains that her spelling has gotten much better and she now prefers to write in English.

Today she’s enjoying her own happily ever after with her dashing husband, three crazy kids and two arthritic dogs. She dreams of one day having a floor-to-ceiling library à la Beauty and the Beast and is working to perfect the coffee IV drip.



Twitter: @averyflynn

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Avery-Flynn/177161972329973